Successful Italian mission for North Weald youngsters (From East London and West Essex Guardian Series)
Send photos, video and news by texting GUARDIAN SERIES to 80360 (cost 10p), or email us
Successful Italian mission for North Weald youngsters at the International Karate Union World Junior and Cadet Championships
10:00am Friday 1st November 2013 in Sport
North Weald karate instructor sensei Ian Cuthbert led a group of youngsters to medal success at the International Karate Union World Junior and Cadet Championships in Italy.
Current European champion Charlie Collins, from North Weald, added a world title to his list of achievements, winning the male junior over 80kg category 6-2 against the current senior world champion, Romania’s Robert Manea.
North Weald’s Mareid Ladbrooke, 13, won gold in the girls 12/13 years over 50kg with a memorable 4-2 win against her Irish opponent.
Sebastian Weller and James Scollan, from Buckhurst Hill, claimed the boys’ 13 years kumite (fighting) in the light and heavyweight sections respectively .
In the cadet categories 14 to 17 years, Riona Jayakody, from Buckhurst Hill, took first place against a strong Russian opponent in the female cadet 14 to 15 lightweight section, while Rafat Razzaque, from the Woodford club, romped home 6-0 in the final of the boys 14 to 15 under 60kg event.
Woodford’s Jamie Carroll won the male cadet 16 to 17 years over 75kg, beating a strong Brazilian opponent in a sudden death fight off after normal time saw them tied at 5-5.
Big sister Shauna Carroll also took gold in the junior 18 to 20 years over 68kg, beating her Serbian opponent 6-0 with an excellent tactical approach in her contest.
The event also incorporated a children’s world games for Under-14s.
Seventh dan Cuthbert travelled with fourth dan Julia Heenan, who was part of the coaching team.
The next major event is November’s England Nationals at Loughborough.